Bloomfield, NJ- The Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau investigated a theft that occurred on 8/16/2019 at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 50 Byrd Ave, and made an arrest.

The suspect is observed pulling into the church parking lot in a black Chevrolet Tahoe at approximately 6:33 p.m. He then enters the church and rips the top of a donation box out of the wall and pried open a candle donation box. The suspect stole approximately $75 in cash from both of the boxes.

Detectives investigated this theft and gathered evidence from video surveillance footage and vehicle information. They identified the male suspect as Carlos Ruiz 47 years of age from Pennsauken, NJ. An arrest warrant was issued for his arrest.

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On 8/21/2019 members of the Bloomfield PD Fugitive Apprehension Team responded to Ruiz’s address in Pennsauken, NJ and he was taken into custody. He was transported to Bloomfield PD HQ and charged with Theft and Criminal Mischief. He was then transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility and has a pending court date.

 The above was a press release from the Township of Bloomfield Division of Public Safety